Editor's Choice

4166 15 May 2024

Judges Choice Award 2024: Culinary Champion of the Year

Eric Turgeon of Madinat Jumeirah was recognized for his culinary excellence.

Eric Turgeon, Executive Sous Chef at Madinat Jumeirah, was honored with the esteemed Judges Choice award for Culinary Champion of the Year at the 2nd Middle East F&B Excellence Awards. This prestigious accolade was presented to Eric at the grand ceremony hosted by Hozpitality Group on April 15, 2024, in Dubai. The award, presented by Andy Cuthbert, General Manager of Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and President of Emirates Culinary Guild, highlights Eric's outstanding contributions to the hospitality industry.

In his role as Executive Sous Chef at Jumeirah Group, Eric oversees and leads a culinary team of 151 chefs and 41 stewarding staff. He manages the operations of 11 F&B outlets, including three restaurants recognized by the UAE Michelin Guide and Gault Millau. Eric is also responsible for successfully opening and managing Jumeirah's new T-3 Dubai Airport lounge, ensuring the highest standards of food safety and quality, as evidenced by the ISO22000 certification.

With over 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Eric has garnered extensive expertise in food production, guest satisfaction, team growth, service, and management. He has worked in five countries renowned for their hospitality and culinary offerings, including roles in 5-star hotels, casinos, Michelin-starred restaurants, standalone eateries, bistros, and banquet operations. Eric's passion for learning new techniques, exploring culinary trends, and participating in food competitions drives his commitment to excellence.

Throughout his career, Eric has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, motivating his team to maintain world-class food preparation and presentation standards. His accomplishments include winning awards such as "Best Brunch" in 2024 by Time Out and leading the refurbishment of restaurant outlets with new concepts and pop-ups. Eric's dedication to his craft and his team's success has resulted in high customer satisfaction scores, demonstrating his ability to inspire and lead with relentless spirit and motivation.